In 1985, two novice moviemakers, director David Anspaugh and writer/producer Angelo Pizzo, began filming Hoosiers. They and their cast and crew faced the pressures of a short schedule, a small budget, and other challenges. Yet buoyed by the support of countless Indiana residents, they overcame their own self-doubt and the skepticism of outsiders to create a classic. This website showcases rare images from and not-widely-known facts about this much-loved movie.
Director David Anspaugh grew up in small-town Indiana and played high school basketball. Cinematographer Fred Murphy was a native New Yorker who had never worked in the Midwest and who described himself as relatively unknowledgeable about basketball. The two men combined their differing experiences, viewpoints, and visions to create Hoosiers’ authentic and unforgettable palette.
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